A1GP returns to China

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The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport is set to return to China during its fifth season after organisers struck a deal that will see the series heading back to the Zhuhai International Circuit for a race there on 15 November 2009.

Zhuhai was China's first race circuit when it opened in 1996 and last hosted a A1GP race in 2007. Zhuhai International Circuit will also be the promoter of the event, and A1GP chairman Tony Teixeira has stated the importance of the Chinese market meant it was inevitable the series would return to the country. He told the series' official website, www. a1gp. com: "This is great news as China has become an important stopover for our series. We have now been to four different circuits in the country for a total of six races, and the welcome has always been warm. I vividly remember the Zhuhai fans in 2007. They were very enthusiastic, and were especially excited to see A1 Team China on the podium. This is an important region for us both in terms of racing and economically, so it was never a question of if we would return but when. "Executive deputy general manager of Zhuhai International Circuit, Stewart Tan, added: "Zhuhai International Circuit is pleased to once again host the A1GP series. We have always believed in and enjoyed the essence of A1GP's concept of racing where nations are pitted against nations, including the spirit of patriotism highly prevalent in the series. This augurs very well with China and we are confident that the general public will fully support A1GP Zhuhai as well as A1 Team China when the engines start roaring come 15 November 2009. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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